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Rugby: East London's Yiannakou gets Cyprus call-up

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 April 2018

East London's Rob Yiannakou has been called up by Cyprus to play against Serbia

East London's Rob Yiannakou has been called up by Cyprus to play against Serbia

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East London Rugby Club’s Rob Yiannakou has been celebrating after receiving an international call-up.

The first-team forward has been selected by Cyprus for their Rugby Europe Conference international in Serbia on April 28.

And it is a remarkable achievement for 18-year-old second row Yiannakou, who has been East London’s young player of the year for the past two seasons.

It is the youngster’s ability to play in a number of positions amongst the forwards that has attracted the Cyprus selectors.

And Yiannakou is one of four new caps included in the Cyprus squad, nicknamed the Moufflons, a horned sheep which is the country’s national animal.

Yiannakou said: “It is a great honour to be called up and was totally out of the blue.

“I’m looking forward to going to Belgrade with the squad and if selected, doing myself and East London proud.”

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